Potomac State Volleyball captures WPCC Championship

Potomac State Volleyball 2011 WPCC Champions

Potomac State Volleyball 2011 WPCC Champions

YOUNGWOOD, Pa. — For the third time in four years under head coach Martha Ganoe the Potomac State Catamounts are champions of the Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference after sweeping both Butler and Beaver Saturday at Westmoreland County Community College in the WPCC Volleyball Tournament.

Ganoe, voted the conference Coach of the Year, saw her Catamounts easily handle Beaver in three games, before playing outstanding defense in a sweep of Butler in the tournament finals.

Beaver had to beat Pitt-Highland in a play-in game for a chance at top-seeded PSC. The Cats welcomed the Titans by hammering them 25-8 in the opener, 25-11 in game two and 25-10 in the third. Shayla Bartles had 11 points to go with nine aces and eight kills, while Taylor Oates had 22 assists and 18 points. Samantha Deter added 15 digs and eight points, Amber Wesley had seven kills and Katie Bush finished with five kills.

Against Butler, the Cats fought their way to a 28-26 victory in the first game, before competing the sweep with wins of 25-17 and 25-20.

Bartles had 10 points, 11 digs and nine kills, and three important aces in the final game. Taylor Douthitt had seven points and two aces, Wesley 14 kills, five points and three blocks, and Bush seven kills and three blocks. Oates led the team with 32 assists to go with 13 digs and six points, while Emily Funkhouser had seven kills and four blocks, and Bush finished with seven kills and three blocks. Deter led the Cats with 20 digs.

“We played phenomenal defense, and blocked extremely well,” said Ganoe. “We got great passing off of our service receptions and stayed in our offense all day.

Four players — Wesley, Bush, Deter and Oates — were named to the WPCC All-Tournament team.

Potomac State (18-2) will play at Northern Virginia on Tuesday before hosting the Pennsylvania Collegiate Athletic Association on Saturday.